We were delighted to sponsor the CILEx Employer of the Year Award which was presented to Buckinghamshire County Council’s in-house Legal Services team at the CILEx Graduation Ceremony on 7 April 2014.
The Council’s legal department has a team of 53 qualified lawyers including Chartered Legal Executives, solicitors and barristers. They also employ a number of training legal staff including six who are currently following CILEx’s vocational route to qualifying as a lawyer.
As an employer, Buckinghamshire County Council assists employees with study fees and also allows them time away from the office for exams. Its aim is to ‘value and empower its employees’ and offer equality of opportunity irrespective of position or professional qualification.
The team offers regular work experience opportunities for school and university students and it also gives career insights to those considering a career change.
Noel Inge, CILEx Law School’s Managing Director, presented the award along with CILEx President Stephen Gowland. Noel said: “Buckinghamshire County Council clearly recognises the value of the Chartered Legal Executive training route in creating lawyers of the highest calibre. The quality of work handled by Chartered Legal Executives at Buckinghamshire County Council, and the support and development opportunities offered to enable them to achieve their potential, are clear indications that Buckinghamshire County Council is a worthy winner of the Employer of the Year Award.”
Anne Davies, Buckinghamshire County Council’s head of legal services, said: “We’re really proud to have won the CILEx Employer of the Year Award – a tremendous morale-boost for the team, and recognition of the Council’s commitment to investing in our people.”
Diane Burleigh OBE, CILEx chief executive said: “We were impressed by their commitment to learning and development and by the equality of opportunity that exists; offering responsibility and advancement regardless of an employee’s professional title.”
Diane continued: “This has to be the way forward; the best legal teams need the best people. Buckinghamshire County Council nurtures talent wherever it is to be found, and provides a supportive yet dynamic culture that clearly makes it a great place to work.”
Left to right: CILEx President Stephen Gowland, Jenny Caprio, Buckinghamshire County Council, Anne Davies, Buckinghamshire County Council, Noel Inge, CILEx Law School’s Managing Director.